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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
5 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS A store for all seasons, stockists of all leading brands: • Fayreform • Triumph • Maggie T • Berlei • Playtex Sizes range from 10's to 50 G's in selected styles. Bodysuits, front fastners and masectomy bras are also available. 45 Treadwell Street, Naenae Ph. (04) 567 1578 Lyn's Lingerie 4242355AA Super Sonic THUR 15TH, FRI 16TH, SAT 17TH 74 Ararino Street, Trentham Ph 527 9403 Woodstock 8% 440ml cans Check out our other great Specials in Store 4237971AB $9.99 4 PACK Over $10,000 in quality gifts including $5000 of Pak'nSave Grocery Vouchers Biggest Christmas Prize Draw in the Region 3 Prize draws Spend $20 at any participating store or $50 at Pak'nSave and you will receive a stamp on your passport. Entry boxes available at Ballentynes, Hannahs, Vogue on Geange, Wheelers Shoe Store, I-Site, Newbolds, The Cycle Centre, Warehouse Stationery, Mitre 10 Mega, Pak'nSave. Entries close 22nd of December and winners will be notified by telephone. Judges decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Prize not exchangeable for cash. Collect all the stamps, then drop your passport in the entry box and you're in the draw to win it. Shop in Upper Hutt and be in to WIN!!! 4258202AA Bikers want the Black Stump By COLIN WILLIAMS Lease of life? Kaitoke's Black Stump may be let by council to a local motorcycle club. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS The dilapidated Black Stump building on Kaitoke s Marchant Rd may be leased by its council owners to the Kinsmen Social Motorcycle Club. The council will tonight vote for a proposal for a five-year leasing of the former hostel accommo- dation, a decision which will trig- ger public advertising and consul- tation and a probable hearing before any final approval in the new year. Empty and unleased for several years the 45-year-old Black Stump, which is set to be leased out at $110 a year, has been vandalised, stripped and is in poor repair. It is considered important to re-lease this building or demolish it to reduce council s liability, a report to the council s mid-week services committee says. Currently the Kinsmen is the only group which has recently expressed an interest in leasing the building. The committee voted for the leasing option but the decision was split with the mayor Wayne Guppy and councillor Nick Thomas opposed. Founded in 1999, the Kinsmen are a community-minded and family-orientated club, its chair- man, Clayton Hoare, told council- lors on Wednesday. We are a non-patched club. We definitely don t do anything out- side the law. We are not an outlaw club in any way, shape or form. We want to work with the locals, we want no disruptions. Most of the 15 or so bike club members live in Upper Hutt with an age range of 37 years to 60. There s no young people who are going to cause any problems. Mr Hoare stood on the club s history including a public social bike ride every year which is supported by the community and many businesses. In return we give back to the community by fundraising for local charities, the most recent being the children s ward at the Lower Hutt Hospital , an accompanying letter to council says. The group would restore the building to a functioning state and also maintain the grounds. It s been sitting there a long time and it s pretty sad. We are keen to take the challenge on for the good of the community. We intend that we would hold our monthly meetings there, and as we are a very family-orientated club we would hold barbecues. We also run a kids Christmas party every year and this would be held at the property, Mr Hoare says. It would also be used as a staging point for some of its rides, the council report noted. Mr Thomas was concerned about the lack of detail on the cost of restoring the timber building and the motorcycle club s capacity to carry out the work and possible council liability. It s a challenge but we have business-orientated tradespeople. We will tidy the area up, we will tidy the building up and make it presentable, Mr Hoare says. An Upper Hutt resident Tom Dickson told the council he had spoken to a number of people who are against the Kinsmen for vari- ous reasons . . . not that some people are prepared to go into a public forum (on the issue). Mr Dickson said he had views he would not discuss in public too. He was critical of the late noti- fication to residents about Wednesday s meeting, a letter the Friday before. The residents had no chance to get together on this. We have been railroaded. He said the Kinsmen are not wanted and won t be welcome . After the opening public input, the city operations director Lachlan Wallach explained the required consultation process if it were approved at this stage. Because the building is on reserve land (without an area management plan), any leasing will require the approval of the Minister of Conservation and for- mal public consultation. That gives people in the area a chance to make formal submissions, he says. The council report noted beside leasing the building the other option would be its demolition. This would cost about $12,000 with the reserve land left needing maintenance of $800 a year. Following the meeting, an infor- mal get-together of some bike club members and about 30 residents was held on Sunday afternoon.
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